Mortality in Portugal increased from 1 March to 20 September. According to an analysis by TSF based on the Information System for Death Certificates of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal, 6,829 more people died than in 2019.
The total number of deaths (64,756) is above all previous years since 2009, years in which the 60,000 barrier was not exceeded. In September alone, there were 763 more deaths than in the same period in 2019, writes the aforementioned radio.
However, COVID-19 has been responsible for less than 2,000 people in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.
The figures also show that deaths at home grew strongly (+ 18.3%). With regard to deaths in hospitals, there was an increase of 5.6%. Deaths under investigation – the causes of which are not fully known – also increased more than overall mortality, exceeding 6,500 deaths (+24, 4%).
The COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed at least 998,463 deaths and more than 32.9 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1,953 people died from 73,604 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.